If you can balance a checkbook Posted on: 09/17/09 at 20:43:16 MST
If you can balance a checkbook, you can figure out that our "bailout" programs will end up costing us (The U.S.) many times more than we would lose without them.
"Your tax dollars at work:
- A clunker that travels 12,000 miles a year at 15 mpg uses 800 gallons of gas a year. - A vehicle that travels 12,000 miles a year at 25 mpg uses 480 gallons a year. - So, the average Cash for Clunkers transaction will reduce U.S. gasoline consumption by 320 gallons per year. - They claim 700,000 vehicles so that's 224 million gallons saved per year. - That equates to a bit over 5 million barrels of oil. - 5 million barrels is about 5 hours worth of U.S. consumption. - More importantly, 5 million barrels of oil at $70 per barrel cost about $350 million dollars. - So, the government paid $3 billion of our tax dollars to save $350 million. - The government spent $8.57 for every dollar saved.